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Easy Crockpot Chili


It’s starting to warm up here in Dallas, but I have my fingers crossed for at least one last cold front before spring fully sets in.  Like many of you, my favorite dish to enjoy on a cold afternoon is a classic bowl of chili. My mom used to always make it when we were snowed in from a blizzard, so this has become a favorite comfort food for me. It takes a little bit of time to make, but it freezes well so you can easily make extras and bring it out on that unexpected chilly day or when you didn’t have time to whip up anything for dinner!

So that’s exactly what I’ve done! I spent the weekend making my favorite chili recipe, probably eating more than my fair share 😱, and freezing the rest for upcoming meals or when I need a little comfort food pick me up on a colder day!

I will admit, I have high expectations when it comes to this classic dish…mainly because every ski lodge has the best dang chili in the world , so I’ve been spoiled with some amazing chili in my day. But I’ll tell ya what! This recipe gives any ski lodge a run for its money! It’s hearty and delicious but still tastes light and healthy!

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Kate Spade Valentine’s Day Party


Kate Spade and lots and lots of pink — who needs Cupid? Because that’s a match made in heaven! Saying that I was on Cloud 9 while creating this Valentine’s Day tablescape is a bit of an understatement. This Kate Spade inspired Valentine’s Day brunch setting is more than enough to make a girl swoon!

I mean, what else could we ask for in a tablescape besides lots of pinks, golds, Kate Spade products and a table full of tasty treats?! My eyes are still seeing hearts!


I’m absolutely obsessed with Kate Spade these days (for more than just her first name), so of course, I had to find a way to include her iconic style into this Valentine’s Day brunch party!

To create this lovely set-up, I started off with a simple white table cloth and dressed it up with a black and white striped table runner (really basic fabric from Hobby Lobby), which we are seeing in so many of her designs right now. Then I just layered the table with as much pink and gold as possible! Fresh flowers are always a wonderful centerpiece, but if you want to reuse them in the future, many silk arrangements look very real!


Bed Bath and Beyond carries these adorable pink, gold and white plates and chargers, which I paired with some gold flatware to bring in a touch of “glam.” To add a little bit more of a pink feminine flare, I got some super cheap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and just tied bows around each chair to give the table a more finished and buttoned-up look.


Finally, to top off the entire tablescape, I found these large 40-inch gold mylar XOXO balloons to tie in the Valentine’s Day theme a bit more. Who doesn’t want some extra X’s and O’s around Valentine’s Day?! (Brb — going to listen to that Elle King song on repeat!) These balloons are so popular and trendy right now, and it is not hard to see why! They could not be any cuter! I got mine from Ella Celebration who worked with me to get exactly what I needed. You can order any letters or numbers that you want, and they are perfect for any gathering or birthday party!


Of course, no party is complete without a delicious menu! I played matchmaker with some festive recipes… and they make for a wonderful marriage of flavors and colors, if I do say so myself! The deep color of Red Velvet waffles just scream Valentine’s Day, plus who doesn’t want to wake up to a plate of red velvet waffles?! I also just love these adorable Apple Rose tarts. They are little bouquets of deliciousness, and we could all use a few more roses this holiday!


Red Velvet Waffles with a Cream Cheese GlazeApple Rose Tarts |

Breakfast Potatoes | Cheesy Quiche |

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake | Cranberry Pomegranate Mimosa

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This menu is perfect for a relaxed family morning brunch at home or for a more formal brunch with friends and family! Plus each recipe is decently simple and quick, so you can prepare the night before and throw it all together in the morning and enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? I would love to hear about your favorite traditions in the comments below!



Event Styling: The Everyday Hostess

Food & Recipes: The Everyday Hostess

Photography: Stephanie Drenka



XOXO Gold Balloons: Ella Celebration

Cupcake Holders: Bella Cupcake Couture

Kate Spade Pink Napkins: Bed Bath and Beyond

Kate Spade Gold Flatware: Kate Spade

Gold Beaded Napkin Rings: Bed Bath and Beyond

Champagne Flutes: Nordstrom

B by Brandie Black Salad Plate: Bed Bath and Beyond

B by Brandie Gold Dinner Plate: Bed Bath and Beyond

Metallic Candle Holders: Bed Bath and Beyond

Gold Chargers: Bed Bath and Beyond

Pink Peony Flower Arrangement: Wayfair

Black and White Striped Table Runner: Hobby Lobby

Cranberry Pomegranate Mimosa


This Cranberry Pomegranate Mimosa is literally the easiest and most festive cocktail out there! It’s absolutely perfect for the Christmas holidays but even better as a Valentine’s Day spritzer!


This two ingredient beverage will definitely be making an appearance at our Valentine’s Day brunch this weekend! With so many different dishes to be made and coordinated, this little gem is a life saver! Just fill each champagne glass halfway with Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate Sparkling Water, top with champagne, and Voila! A beautiful and bright Cranberry Pomegranate Mimosa!


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Cranberry Pomegranate Mimosa
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  1. 2 oz. Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate Sparkling Water
  2. 2 oz. Champagne
  3. 1-2 Raspberries for garnish
  1. Add equal parts of Cranberry Pomegranate Sparkling Water and Champange in a champagne glass.
  2. Garnish with raspberries.
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Apple Rose Tarts


When most people think about Valentine’s Day they think about lots of sweet treats, candy, and beautiful flowers and roses! If you want all that Valentine-y greatness packed into one exquisite recipe, this is the post for you!

I present to you the Apple Rose Tart!

They’re little roses, they’re scrumptiously sweet, and I just so happen to LOVE them! It’s got everything you could possibly want this time of year. (And every other time of the year, but let’s stay topical here).


This complex-looking Valentine’s Day game-changer is actually pretty simple to make — as if you needed another reason to fall in love with them! Plus the fresh apples makes you feel like your holiday treat is a litttttle bit healthier 😉

Check out the recipe and the simple steps below to start making your own little bouquets of deliciousness 🙂 Keep Reading!

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

Red Velvet Waffles with a Cream Cheese Glaze

I love red velvet everything, so I’m always looking for an excuse to make this classic treat. Red velvet is particularly popular around the holidays, so with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I knew I had to get creative and find a way to incorporate it into my Valentine’s brunch menu! So without further ado, I present to you, Red Velvet Waffles with a Cream Cheese Glaze!

These Red Velvet Waffles are absolutely delicious and are the perfect breakfast twist on a traditional dessert! They are so rich and fluffy, and the light cream cheese glaze pairs beautifully!

Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze and Raspberries

Plus, how dang festive are these babies?! They are perfect for a Valentine’s Day brunch, especially if you are like me and don’t want to face the crowds and fixed menus! So, run to the store, and whip up some of these scrumptious waffles for the ultimate holiday brunch! Keep Reading!

Mardi Gras Tablescapes

Between the Super Bowl on Sunday and Mardi Gras on Tuesday, we are in for a whirlwind of fun this weekend! I have to admit though, I have been so focused on preparing for the Broncos game 🙂 that my Mardi Gras party and decor has taken a little bit of a backseat. For those of you in the same boat and looking for how to decorate for a large scale party of just an intimate gathering, I have compiled some of the most inspiring Mardi Gras decor that I have come across! I hope this too inspires you and gets your party planning juices rolling!

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